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Retro TV W/C 27th July 2007

Barry Murphy
once more trawls the TV and radio guides (so you don’t have to) to find anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 27th July to Thursday 2nd August.

Highlights of the week


British Film Forever (1/7) – Saturday 28th July. BBC 2. 9.05pm.
Guns, Gangsters and Getaways: the Story of the British Thriller – Series celebrating the best of British movie-making over the last 100 years genre-by-genre as part of the Summer of British Film season, beginning with the best thrillers. Films under scrutiny include Get Carter, The Long Good Friday, The Third Man, and a clutch of Hitchcock classics. Contributions come from Bob Hoskins, Richard Attenborough, Michael Caine, Daniel Craig and Kate Winslet. Narrated by Jessica Hynes.


6 Music Plays it Again – All or Nothing: the Small Faces Story: BBC 6 Music. 9.30pm – 10.00pm, Weds 1st/Thurs 2nd August. 9.30pm
Two parter, repeated over consecutive nights, documenting the history of the Darlings of Wapping Wharf Launderette. Presented by Phil Daniels.

Friday 27th July


Danger Man – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A woman dies just as she was about to report the existence of a Japanese death cult to her British contact. Starring Patrick McGoohan.

Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain (2/5) – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

How the prosperity of the 1950s belied the number of people hungry for change – and how the working classes, nuclear protesters and satirists stood up to the establishment.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

Bodie and Doyle’s idyllic weekend with their girlfriends at a farmhouse spirals into a terrifying siege

The Marley Brothers – Live at Glastonbury 2007 – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

Bob Marley’s sons Julian, Stephen and Damian in performance on the Pyramid stage.

Bob Marley Live at the Rainbow – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.10pm

Highlights of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ seminal 1977 sell-out concert in London, including No Woman, No Cry and I Shot the Sheriff.

Arena: Bob Marley – Exodus 77 – BBC 4. 11.10pm – 12.40am

Documenting Bob Marley’s relocation to London in 1977 where he recorded his acclaimed album Exodus, and examining the lasting influence of the singer’s music and ideals.

Film: The Long Good Friday (1979) – Film4. 11.30pm – 1.40am

Menacing drama starring Bob Hoskins. Gangster Harold Shand is trying to set up a property deal. When his plans are knocked off course Harold seeks revenge.

They Call Me Good Time George: a Tribute to George Melly – BBC 2. 12.05am – 12.35am

A warm and moving profile of the jazz singer and critic, first shown in 1999.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 12.40am – 1.30am (Sat am)

A friend of Emma’s returns.

Film: Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) – Film4. 1.40am – 4.00am (Sat am)

Quirky cult 1970s road movie in which two drifters – played by musicians Dennis Wilson and James Taylor – cruise America in a souped-up 1955 Chevrolet.

Saturday 28th July


Soul Deep: the Story of Black Popular Music – UKTV History. 7.00am – 9.00am
Two episodes back to back this morning on Freeview channel 12. Aint it Funky documents 1965, when the world of soul was turned upside down when James Brown introduced funk. The second episode From Ghetto to Fabulous looks at contemporary R&B and its impact on the music industry.

The Day of the Triffids (1-3/6) – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 8.25pm

BBC 4 repeat the first 3 episodes of the classic 1980s dramatisation of Jonathan Wyndham’s acclaimed novel.

British Film Forever (1/7) – BBC 2. 9.05pm – 10.45pm

(See Highlights).

Film: Gumshoe (1971) – BBC 2. 12.15am – 1.40am (Sun am)

Crime comedy starring Albert Finney, Billie Whitelaw and Frank Finlay. A bingo caller who dreams of being a film noir-style detective and advertises his services, soon finds himself completely out of his depth.


Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Brian Matthew spins two hours of hits, B -sides and album tracks.

California Dreaming (2/2) – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am

Life in the Fast Lane – The second of two programmes exploring the West Coast music scene of the 1960s and 1970s.

The Funk and Soul Show – BBC Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm

3 hours of funk, soul and blues.

Sunday 29th July


The Simpsons: a Culture Show Special – BBC 2. 7.30pm – 8.00pm
Lauren Laverne presents a celebration of all things Springfield as the Simpsons celebrate their 20th anniversary. Looking back over the show’s success it features contributions from creator Matt Groening plus stars of one-off episodes Ricky Gervais, Stephen Hawking and Bridget Jones creator Helen Fielding. 

Film: From Russia with Love (1963) -BBC 2. 9.00pm – 10.55pm

In Sean Connery’s second outing as 007, Bond is sent to Istanbul to help a beautiful Russian diplomat defect from the West with an important cipher machine. However, he is unaware that he is being drawn into a trap laid by criminal organisation Spectre.

Sounds of the 70s – BBC 4. 9.40pm – 10.00pm

A selection of glam rock, disco and punk tracks.

Monday 30th July


Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Hopkirk is certain he has witnessed a murder, even though the victim turns out to be still alive.

Sounds of the Seventies – BBC 4. 9.45pm – 10.00pm

Top tunes from the decade.

Life on Mars – (8/8) series one. BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

Sam encounters his own father while investigating a murder and tries to convince him not to leave his family.

Tuesday 31st July


Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jeff and Marty investigate a murderous stage act.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

Bodie’s sanity is questioned when he becomes preoccupied with a gang of Hell’s Angels and puts his life in jeopardy by taking part in a race to the death.

Sounds of the Seventies – BBC 4. 9.40pm – 10.00pm

Top tunes from the decade.

Film: Don’t Look Back (1967) – More4. 10.00pm – 12Midnight

DA Pennebaker’s acclaimed documentary of Bob Dylan’s month-long 1965 tour of Britain, a crucial moment in the artist’s career having just "gone electric".

Life on Mars – (1/8) series two – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

Sam encounters the young incarnation of Tony Crane – a villain he put behind bars in 2006.

Cape Wrath (4/7) – Channel 4. 10.00pm – 11.05am

While out jogging, Zoe makes a shocking discovery, and at the surgery Evelyn pleads with York to change his mind over telling Danny the truth about the test results. Meanwhile, Wintergill reveals Jack’s past.

Film: The Ipcress File (1965) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 1.05am

Classic spy thriller. In the first of a Michael Caine double bill in the British films season, intelligence agent Harry Palmer is plunged into the treacherous world of counter espionage as he uncovers a sinister "brain drain" among leading scientists. Based on the classic Len Deighton novel.

Film: Pulp (1972) – BBC 2. 1.05am – 2.35am (Weds am)

Crime drama starring Michael Caine. Murder makes a writer turn detective while writing the memoirs of a fading Hollywood star.


The Song Doctor – BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm – 2.00pm
Record producer Rick Rubin’s most rewarding relationship was with the Man in Black – Johnny Cash. For the last 10 years of his life, through failing health and the loss of his wife June, Cash poured his heart and soul into the"American" recordings that Rubin produced and mentored. Stephen Evans talks to Rubin about their relationship.

Wednesday 1st August

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Templar has to find out whether a cool blonde is an agent or a crook.


6 Music Plays it Again – All or Nothing – the Small Faces Story (1/2) – BBC 6 Music. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
(See Highlights).

Mark Lamarr’s Alternative 60s (4/10) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Mark Lamarr returns with another series showcasing obscure 1960s recordings from rock, pop, and psych to folk, soul, R&B and garage.

Thursday 2nd August


The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The heroes attempt to stop a criminal organisation threatening to blow up London with a nuclear bomb.

UFO – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Shado capture the pilot of a crashed UFO – and the visitor from outer space brings disturbing news.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 8.10pm – 9.00pm

Sir Gerald Bancroft mysteriously disappears while being escorted through a military base.

Film: The Long Good Friday (1979) – Film4. 11.05pm – 1.15am
Menacing drama starring Bob Hoskins. Gangster Harold Shand is trying to set up a property deal. When his plans are knocked off course Harold seeks revenge.


6 Music Plays it Again – All or Nothing – the Small Faces Story (2/2) – BBC 6 Music. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Phil Daniels concludes a tribute to the Small Faces. (See Highlights).